Creative Writing

Literary Opportunities: January 2014

Another new year, another fresh start.
My resolution is to bring greater awareness to healthy living,
nurture my friendships, and pursue inspiring activities.

I wish you a creative 2014.

Lighting the Serpent Winter.

Lighting the Serpent Winter.

This year, my main focus will be the completion of my creative writing guide.
From a blogging perspective, I will continue to offer
peer support by sharing resources and insights
that relate to change, creativity, and writing.

Without further ado, let’s get some stuff published this year! The following are links to literary competitions that all have submission deadlines in January 2014. This might not be a complete list, but it should keep you busy. Good luck!

Balcones Prize
The Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College is committed to recognizing outstanding works of literary merit in fiction and poetry through its Balcones Literary Prizes. See full guidelines here.

The Big Moose Prize
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. See full guidelines here.

The Caine Prize
This award encourages the growing recognition of the worth of African writing and is open to writers from anywhere in Africa for work published in English that reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition. See full guidelines here. 

Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship
The fellowship will give support to the work of a new and, as yet, unpublished writers of fictional or non-fictional prose. The Fellowship’s dual purpose is to give a promising writer the opportunity complete a major work and to develop his/her talents. See full guidelines here.

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award
The award was initiated by John Gleed in honour of his late wife to promote and celebrate the genre of short fiction, which she loved. The prize of  will go to a Canadian writer, including two finalists. See full guidelines here.

Glimmer Train
The prize for very short fiction is open to all writers; this category welcomes stories
that have not appeared in any print publication. See full guidelines here.

International Radio Playwriting Competition
The playwriting competition welcomes scripts from anyone living outside the UK, whether established or new, and encourages writers to use the immense power and accessibility of the medium of radio drama – to tell your story, use your imagination and have your “voice” heard. See full guidelines here.

Laine Cunningham Novel Contest
The Blotter’s fifth Annual Long Form Fiction Contest for Novella and Novel length works provides a venue for writers to have their work read and commented on by the magazine’s editors, including publication and a monetary prize for the winner. See full guidelines here.

The Chattahoochee Review
Two prizes of $1,000.00 each and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the annual Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, which honor the founder and former editor of The Chattahoochee Review. See full guidelines here. 

Prism International Contests
All 1st prize winners for Short Fiction and Poetry will be published in PRISM, and runners-up will be published at the discretion of the editors. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM). Also check out the Annual Earle Birney Prize for Poetry. See full guidelines here.

North Caroline Writers’ Network
The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. See full guidelines here.

Arts & Letters
Calling for submission of: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama as well as World Poetry Translation Series and Mentors Interview Series. See full guidelines here.

Gary Gildner Poetry Award
Winner of the contest chosen by Gary Gildner. See full guidelines here.

Tethered by Letters
TBL is announcing their second annual Spring Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 2,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. For these contests they’re looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. See full guidelines here.

Writers @ Work
Their annual fellowship competition for poetry, fiction and nonfiction is now open. See full guidelines here.

Dead, Mad, or a Poet
They only print previously unpublished work. See full submission guidelines here for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Word Soup
Word Soup is an online poetry journal. The theme is always hunger, however the poet interprets it. 100% of the submissions fees are donated to a food bank. Working to end hunger one poem at a time. See full guidelines here.

One Trick Pony Review
One Trick Pony Review is a startup online poetry journal, currently edited by Hannah Cook Cross. They strive for poems with striking images and thought-provoking style. See full guidelines here.

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing—an opportunity for poets, novelists, memoirists journalists, essayists and dramatists to submit their writing manifestos, philosophies, writing exercises or essays. See full guidelines here.

The NewPages Classifiedsresource with links to submission guidelines of various Writing and Book Contests with submission deadlines in January 2014.

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